COVID-19 Advice and information for delivering school meals safely
The safety of you yourself and the children are important in normal times. But in these uncertain times of a pandemic it is vital that you plan before opening how you can deliver school meals safely.
Much will already be in place as you may have been catering for children of essential workers, however with schools planning to reopen there will be more children and great risk of spreading the virus. The following things need to be looked at from both the kitchen point of view as well as the children eating.
If you are showing symptoms of the Virus DO NOT attend the school, follow sickness procedures and self isolate.
Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds and especially after handling packaging and cleaning.
As far as possible maintain social distance whilst working in the kitchen. Try and separate preparation areas as much as possible. If it is not possible to maintain the 2-meter rule, then provide face masks and work side by side, not facing each other.
Ensure strict personal hygiene is adhered to at all times.
Remember the 2-meter rule
If possible, have a one-way system in all areas. I small confined areas ensure only 1 person is allowed in at a time.
When working on the servery DO NOT break the 2-meter rule
Do you need all of your kitchen staff? Look at staffing levels and make sure they are appropriate. It may be possible to have shift patterns or alternate days.
Try to stagger meals and numbers as much as is feasible
Ensure that the children wash their hands prior to entering the dinner hall and afterwards
Don’t allow children to get their own cutlery, hand it to them
Clean and sanitise the tables before and after use
Space the children out so that the social distancing rules apply
Try not to have children lining up to go to the service hatch. Use staff to collect the meals to ensure the children are kept apart. If this can’t be done put the food down just before the children enter the hall
If the above two points cannot be followed then we recommend markings on the floor and to ensure that children are monitored whilst in the line
Try to have a one-way system where possible so children enter one door and leave by another, so no cross overs or bottle necks happen
Clean up after the children, do not allow them to clean up after themselves as this will encourage them to congregate together.
If we can be of any further help and give any further advice, or you have concerns, please feel free to contact the environmental health team by emailing BusinessCompliance@gateshead.gov.uk
Spring Sing 2020
SPRING SING 2020
Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub Spring Sing 2020 - ‘Sing for the Great North Run’ took place at the Sage Gateshead in early March this year.
Such fabulous numbers! 30 Gateshead and South Tyneside schools, 900 enthusiastic pupils and staff, 1000 audience members, 2 brilliant performances, 7 super vocal coaches, a stunning live band and an amazing Musical Director!
The songs celebrated the 40th year of the Great North Run and also promoted physical and emotional health and well-being.
Lasting memories were created at this wonderful vocal event and a great time was had by all! Hopefully we’ll be able to do another one before too long.
Adapting to lockdown!
Gateshead Schools' Music Service works in partnership with Gateshead Schools to continue Music Provision during Lockdown
In response to the lockdown, Gateshead Music Service staff have quickly upskilled themselves in all kinds of technology in order to continue to provide pupils and schools with a full range of music lessons and experiences, albeit in an entirely new format!
Gateshead Schools' Music Service Ensembles
Throughout the world bands and orchestras are not able to meet face to face. However, musicians are undeterred and have established new ways to play music together! Gateshead Schools' Music Service has kept its ensemble musicians informed of different projects that have emerged including the Jess Gillam Virtual Scratch Orchestra, Thursday Night Musicians play for Key Workers, the Virtual Benedetti Sessions and the National Youth Orchestra Ode to Joy project.
The latter project asked musicians to play, film and submit their recording of Ode to Joy for inclusion in a collective presentation.
Joseph Houston a member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra and a pupil at Cardinal Hume Catholic School submitted this recording where he plays both violin and piano!
The music team continue with their hard work and dedication to ensure that children continue to learn and engage with the music service.
#COVIBOOK Supporting and reassuring children around the world ?
Dear families and educator all over the world,
I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world.
A booklet for children under the age 7 to help them understand Coronavirus. It has been translated into several languages such as Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, Portuguese, Polish, etc.
please click here to download the booklet
With love,Manuela Molina - the author